Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail

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Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1686 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

An old California ranch overlooking the coast and Jenner headlands. Red Hill provides a series of trails climbing the tallest ridge just south of the Russian River on the coast. This exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral provides plenty of sweeping vistas overlooking the mouth of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner, coastlines down to Bodega Head, and some great overlooks into Willow Creek. The hike includes some long and steady uphill segments right from the start with the only level areas along the ridge between the Hill and Willow Creek and the upper meadows. There's plenty of variety to break up the view and provide surprises when rounding knolls. Dropping down into Willow Creek is via a fairly steep trail through an amazing stretch of mixed and Redwood forest lush with ferns on the ground. Overall, a great walk. A partnership between Sonoma County and the State Park Systems recently added Willow Creek to the group of parks called Sonoma Coast State Beach. The "Beach" is actually a series of beaches separated by bluffs and headlands extending 17 miles from Bodega Head to a point 4 miles north of Jenner.

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not hard but does have a steady incline for the first 1-2 miles followed by nice view of the mouth of the Russian river to inspire you to continue on. moderate exposure so bring cover/ sun screen. A few amazing moments with redwoods and firs are sure to be had but keep your elbows in when the trail narrows or you'll be grazed by poison oak. you can turn right toward red hill to just stay on the loop but i recommend going out and back the extra bit to the redwood groves. the view of the ocean at the end definitely makes it worth it and best to give yourself enough time for the hike down to the beach after. plant species include coyote brush, coffee berry, firs, tan oak, redwood, scrub oak, coast live oak....

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1 month ago

Fun hike, in and out of lush greenery. Great ocean view. Good beginning climb, easy after that.

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1 month ago

Amazing views of the river and ocean! The hike was not extremely difficult, but I'm a newbie for it's worth. I will definitely come back.

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1 month ago

Nice trail with great views. Steep near the canyon side but lots of shade in that area. Watch for poison oak!

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2 months ago

Definitely not a hard trail by any means. Difficultly should be listed as moderate at most. Some good views throughout the trail. Extremely windy but that's to be expected out here.

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2 months ago

Probably one of my favorites! Get there early and take your time!

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